Too often we see a novel about a overpowered wizard. That concept is not interesting anymore. But The Name of the Wind flips the script and shows is how to get the reader invested in a strong protoganost. By telling us the wizard’s story from a first person narrative. Find out whether you should add this novel to your to-read list!
The Name of the Wind: Summary
Patrick Rothfuss tells us the story of Kvothe, one of the most infamous wizards in the world of Temerant. We hear of Kvothe’s childhood traveling with his family and other performers to perform all over Temerant. On one of the journeys, Kvothe and the troupe meet an arcanist named Abenthy. Kvothe takes an immediate liking to him and studies magic under him.
Some time and a tragedy later, Kvothe finds himself alone in an unknown territory and must do everything he can to survive. This new life is something Kvothe must learn fast or suffer the consequences. Kvoth does make new acquintences and decides to pursue an old dream.
We find Kvothe at the university for magic. Somehow he has made it here and now he must pass the entrance exam and pay his way through the university. With new friends and his talents, Kvothe tries to juggle his new life while confronting life threatening situations.
The novel stands out because of its wonderful storytelling. Rothfuss draws us in to this captivating fantasy world. But that magic doesn’t last too long. It is a long read and the pacing is slow. Imagine a roller coaster ride where the roller coaster goes straight for too long.
That doesn’t mean the novel isn’t good. I enjoyed the story a lot. The problem was that I was not too invested. Kvothe is recalling all of this and that takes away from the element of surprise. And it reads more like a biography than an adventure novel.
It is a great novel but it is not for me. If you are reading a book and keep thinking “I can’t wait for this book to end,” then that tells you a lot. The novel has great ideas but it comes to gather to slowly for my liking. That is why I won’t be reading the second book in the series and calling it quits.
Have you read read this fantasy novel or series? It is often mentioned in the best fantasy series lists. While it may not be for me, others surely prefer it to other novels. To that I say Happy reading!